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Who Was the First Chemist?


Question: Who Was the First Chemist?

Chemistry has been around for a very long time! Do you know the name of the first chemist in recorded history? Would it surprise you that the first chemist was a woman?

Answer: The first known chemist was a woman. A Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet from the second millenium B.C. describes Tapputi, a perfumer and palace overseer who distilled the essences of flowers and other aromatic materials, filtered them, added water and returned them to the still several times until she got just what she wanted. This is also the first known reference to the process of distillation and the first recorded still.

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